Kalpana Bhandarkar, MPH, MBA is Vice President of Research and Health Services Initiatives at Maimonides Medical Center, a 700-bed teaching hospital in Borough Park, Brooklyn. In this capacity, she oversees research administration supporting clinical and health services studies and supports the President and CEO on special projects. She was formerly a Manager at Manatt Health Solutions, an interdisciplinary consulting unit of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. Prior to joining Manatt, she worked for the Mount Sinai Adoles­cent Health Center in New York City and the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Bhandarkar holds a Masters in Public Health and Masters in Business Administration from John Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University.

Barbara Rittner, Ph.D., LCSW, is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Advancement at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Previously, she was a direct practice social worker and administrator in economic services and child welfare as part of the State Welfare system in Miami, Florida.  She has also served on the faculty at the University of Nevada-Reno and the University of Georgia.  Her research centers on child welfare issues, particularly in the area of foster care.  She earned a BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and an MSW and Ph.D. from Barry University in Miami, Florida.